Divided government for a divided country (What has occurred? (A divided…
Divided government for a divided country
What has occurred?
A divided country now has a divided government
Democrats took the House of Representatives while republicans took the Senate
Democrats oversee the White House Republicans make presidential appointments easier
deepening of structural shift in politics
Democrats represent a majority of voters, but republicans dominate geographically
The breath of the divide is striking
Candidates can hardly survive in opposition-party territory
What is the impact
damaging for the country both parties
Democrats - work out how to win within the disadvantaged system
Republican - will one day find it's no longer seen as exercising power legitimately by a majority of voters.
How to deal with it?
the main onus is on Democrats
Show they capability of governing
No repeat of blocking everything Republicans want to do
work with the president and the Republicans - infrastructure, drug prices, immigration
exercise restraint and investigate possible abuses of power in federal agency
But should resist the urge to take revenge on Republicans
Why Democrats should be the party of compromise?
even if bipartisan efforts fail, it's in their long-term interests
it might just yield results